May 28, 2013


When we bought our home, my then-future-Mother-in-Law gifted us a collection of Sarah Susanka’s Not So Big House books.  One of the main principles the author uses in helping homeowners achieve spaces that fit their lifestyles is the concept of lowered ceilings and small, nook-like spaces.  The use of such spaces helps to bring larger scale rooms down to a more personal perspective.  In my opinion, considering the vast space of the outdoors, nothing could possibly exemplify this theory more than the pergola.  A deck can be a wonderful extension of the home; add a pergola, and it isn’t just an extension, it is a space that embraces you even while you are outside.

Just take a look at these transformed patio spaces and try to imagine them without the pergolas…not nearly as magical, am I right?



While there seems to be no shortage of inspiring pictures of platform pergolas, I wondered if there was any protocol for a pergola perched a bit higher, like these two-step-up decks:

fire pit(source)


Thankfully, I found this lovely example; when combined with the multi-level patio space, the pergola (below two pictures) seems right at place, even though it is higher up than most traditional applications.

structures17.de8d705bc7c514430b1155d40dcf615531 deck pergola(source)

And while I’m not 100% sold on this second floor pergola, it still adds a comforting appeal to the deck space.

upper deck(source)

Of course, if a second story pergola isn’t your cup of tea, there is always this strikingly simple sail cloth option.

sail cloth(source)

What say you to the 2nd floor pergola: yay or nay?


One Response to “Pergolahhhhhs”

  1. Emily Says:
    May 28th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I love the Not So Big House ideas and Susan Susanka. And, I think the pergola is the perfect example of her ideals. great idea! love all the examples.